British PM Theresa May prepares landmark Brexit speech

British PM Theresa May prepares landmark Brexit speech
By Euronews
Share this articleComments
Share this articleClose Button
Copy/paste the article video embed link below:Copy to clipboardCopied

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May meets with European Union Council President Donald Tusk at 10 Downing Street in London


Theresa May and European Council president Donald Tusk have held crunch brexit talks.

The Downing Street meeting comes a day before the Prime Minister is due to make a landmark speech on Britian's future relationship with the Union.

The two discussed the transition period while Mrs May reiteraterd her rejection of the draft withdrawal treaty published by the EU.

Europe's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said the UK's decision to quit the bloc shows it no longer wants to respect the rules.

Barnier said: "The bottom line is that we have to preserve this unique market that the British have chosen to leave unfortunately because they no longer want to respect the rules, but we must continue to rely on this unique market, because this is very important for our unity, our cohesion, and our economic progress too."

One of main sticking points remains Northen Ireland. The EU has proposed to incorporate the province in a customs union to avoid a hard border with the Republic.

May has said that no British PM could ever agree to this.

Share this articleComments

You might also like

Read Theresa May’s landmark Brexit address in full

Unite behind Brexit: Theresa May to give key speech

Roberta Metsola appeals to voters ahead of European Elections: ‘You have a choice’